Essential Oils & Pets

6:19 PM Posted by Jo Pedranti

I have used many essential oils on my Rhodesian Ridgeback over the years and I just love how I can use the same remedies for my dog as I use for myself and my family. The Everyday Oils Kit contains 9 oils that provide health and wellness properties for pets. The oils in this collection are safe so your pets can enjoy the wonderful healing properties of essential oils for better health too. My dog's favorites are Thieves and frankincense.


When using Purification on birds, mist cage with oil instead of applying directly on the bird.
For a cat, wet a towel in the oil, and wrap the cat in a "burrito wrap".
Reapply Purification without the fear of toxic effects.

Employ in a diffuser, on cotton balls or in a topical application.
Place around the collar or on the leash.

Peace & Calming
Use through diffusion, on the collar, blanket, or toy, or place on a towel and put in the dryer.

Use topically in warm compresses, in Raindrop Technique, on Vita Flex points, and in acupressure/puncture points. Needs to be diluted for cats.

Dilution is still recommended even though it is less strong and safer to use.

Can be used topically, diffused or ingested.

Combined with peppermint, increases healing, decreases infection, and relieves pain.

Cats need to have the oil diluted.

Use in diffusion, topical or oral applications, Raindrop Technique or Vita Flex points.

Dilution chart for common pets

0-10 lb - 75%+
11-25 lb - 75%
24-45 lb - 50-75%
46-75 lb -  50%
76-90 lb - 25-50%
91-150 lb - 25%
>150 lb - 0-25%


Rabbits, ferrets, reptiles:

90-95% or hydrosols

More tips on How to administer the oils
You can put essential oils in a capsule and mixed with the animals food. You can also add a few drops to gravy on food for dogs and cats. On large animals such as horses you can add the drops to their bottom lip. 10-15 drops for a horse and about 3 drops for a large dog.

Mix the essential oils with some carrier oil and put in a spray bottle to use for open wounds or hard to reach areas.

Essential oils can also be applied to paws for faster absorption.
For animals with hoofs, sprinkle a few drops on the flanks or the spine and massage them into the skin. You can also apply  the oils on the gum, tongue, underneath the top lip, or on the coroner bands of the hooves.

Cats are more sensitive to essential oils since they metabolize the oils differently. They are sensitive to strong odors and they generally have an adverse reaction to citrus oils. It is a good idea to consult with a veterinarian before applying oils to a cat for the first time.

Make sure that you don't get any essential oils in the animal's eyes.


Johanna is an aromatherapist and an independent distributor of Young Living Essential Oils  She is passionate about educating people about health, essential oils, real food, natural remedies, and nutrition so they make healthier choices in their lives. She also runs Naturally Sports & Wellness together with her husband.  
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  1. Joyce said...

    This is great information, would you please share at the Tuesdays With a Twist Link Up.

  2. Jo Pedranti said...

    I sure will Joyce!

  3. The Entwife said...

    I agree, good info.
    Thanks for posting at Wildcrafting WEd.

  4. said...

    This is so informative. I really appreciate having this great resource for my dog! Thanks for sharing on Natural Living Monday!

  5. Jo Pedranti said...

    You're welcome and thanks for visiting mamarosemary!

  6. Jo Pedranti said...

    You're welcome Entwife and thanks for visting!

  7. Black Fox Homestead said...

    I was so happy to see this! We just took our little guy to the vet with kennel cough and were very disappointed in the steroids they put him on. Made him overly hungry, thirsty, and gave him an overactive bladder. I’ve a down comforter at the dry cleaners to prove it. We were talking about what sort of natural alternatives might have been a better solution. Thanks for sharing this at the HomeAcre Hop.

  8. Jo Pedranti said...

    I'm so sorry to hear about your little guy. How is he doing now?
    I hope he is doing better now.
    Thanks for visiting!

  9. Lisa Lynn said...

    We're featuring your post today on The HomeAcre Hop! Congrats!

  10. Jo Pedranti said...

    Thanks Lisa! I really appreciate it!

  11. Susan Ng said...

    Is Purification used to prevent ticks or for ticks bites?

  12. Susan Ng said...

    Hi! My dogs got tick bites. Can I apply a drop or two directly on their bite spots with purification? Do I need to dilute it?

  13. Jo Pedranti said...

    I apply Purification without diluting on my 70 pounds rhodesian ridgeback but it is best that you dilute to make sure your dog can handle it..

    I like to use Purification to detoxify a wound after a tick bite but I use oils such as Oregano, Palo Santo to make the tick to loosen from skin. Oregano is a strong oil and I haven't tried it on a dog, I prefer Palo santo on my dog.